Bassist and educator Ben Hedquist hails from Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He holds a bachelor’s in applied strings and a bachelor’s in jazz studies (performance) from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and a master’s and doctorate in double bass performance from Arizona State University (ASU), where he studied under double bass virtuoso Catalin Rotaru.
As a double bassist, Hedquist is known for his versatility and is in high demand as both a classical and jazz bassist. As a classical musician, he has performed with the West Valley Symphony, Phoenix Opera, and as Principal Bassist for the Musica Nova Orchestra. Hedquist has also performed in chamber concerts with the ASU String Faculty as part of the Stradivarius Concert Series at the Musical Instrument Museum, with violinist Mark Fewer (McGill University) as part of the Lotus Land Project, and performs solo recitals throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area. In 2016, he was placed as runner-up for the Arizona State University Concert of the Soloists Competition.
As a jazz bassist, Ben Hedquist was a finalist in the 2016 European Double Bass Congress jazz bass competition held in Prague, Czech Republic. He performs regularly with Phoenix-based musicians such as Michael Kocour, Jeff Libman, Eric Rasmussen, and Dom Moio, and also with the adventurous jazz sextet Running from Bears. He has performed with a growing number of jazz notables, including Joe Locke, Peter Bernstein, George Garzone, Miguel Zenon, Glenn Zaleski, John Hollenbeck, Chris Cheek, and Lewis Nash.
Hedquist Currently holds teaching positions at Arizona State University, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley Community Colleges, and The Phoenix Conservatory of Music. He is also The Nash Education Program Coordinator and the Phoenix Conservatory’s College Prep Program Coordinator.
David Berry is a pianist/keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger/composer, and music educator. He currently serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Music at Arizona State University, where he shares the teaching duties of Professor Michael Kocour. Berry maintains a busy schedule of performing in addition to teaching private lessons, jazz piano classes, jazz combos, and jazz arranging.
A native of Wenatchee, WA, Berry has been active as a performer since his youth. Appearing at venues around the Pacific Northwest and the Phoenix Valley, he is quickly gaining recognition as an emerging young artist.
A graduate of Washington State University, Berry received his Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance in 2017 with highest honors. While at WSU, Berry studied jazz with Brian Ward, Greg Yasinitsky, and Dave Hagelganz as well as classical piano with Dr’s Jeff and Karen Savage. Soon after completing undergraduate studies, Berry accepted a temporary position as Director of Orchestral music at his Alma Mater high school.
Ryan Anthony is a jazz percussionist with an active career as a live performer, recording artist, composer, arranger, and educator in the greater Phoenix area. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance and a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from Arizona State University. A versatile musician conversant in a wide range of styles, Ryan has worked with Bob Mintzer, Bert Dalton, Chris Calloway, Rick DellaRatta, Glenn White, Michael Kocour, Mary Petrich, Will Goble, Armand Boatman, Mike Crotty, Jon Gagan, and many others. As a member of the Scottsdale Community College Jazz Orchestra, Ryan has performed on stage with John Clayton, John Hollenbeck, Meguel Zenon, and Marshall Gilkes. He is also a performer and composer in the Phoenix-based band Running From Bears (Edgetone Records).
Currently, Ryan coaches the Phoenix College big band, and he teaches music humanities classes and leads the student rock band at Paradise Valley Community College. He teaches private drum set lessons at Scottsdale Community College and Glendale Community College. Ryan has an abiding interest in many forms of popular music and enjoys working with students who are new to improvisation.